And now... I'm proud to present the special "holiday" invitation you've been waiting for....
You are cordially invited to join us for THE gala holiday happening of the year, when friends old and new gather for Sandra Stillwell Presents: "Every Day's A Holiday", in Kansas City, Missouri, August 22-25th, 2013.
Do you remember...
The childhood anticipation of waiting for Santa -- snug in your cozy new Christmas PJ's? Those magical Christmas mornings when you unwrapped that beautifully dressed dolly or other treasures you'd been dreaming of?
The excitement of shopping for that perfectly accessorized frock to wear on Easter morning? Brightly colored flowers and the delightful pastel colors of Easter eggs? The warm feeling of a fuzzy soft Easter bunny or chick?
Do you recall...The thrill of receiving that special heartfelt valentine from a secret friend? The tug at your heart feeling of romantic chocolate and flowers sent from someone who thinks you're special?
How about the wide eyed fun of spooky ghosts, witches, black cats and bats? Or the fun of trick or treating and eating your loot afterwards? Dressing up in Halloween costumes or kitch, and seasonable colors of orange, purple and black?
Do you remember...Festive fourth of July parties and picnics with family and friends, followed by larger than life fireworks displays at nightfall? The sounds of big band music with patriotic colors and stars and stripes as far as the eye can see?
Or perhaps a different type of holiday has special meaning for you -- a fantasy flight to a far away destination? An anniversary? New Year's Eve?
"Sandra Stillwell Presents: Every Day's A Holiday" will sweep you back to a time of such happy remembrances when the magic of holidays could be witnessed everywhere from Main Street to Hollywood's Silver Screen.
Limited to only 50 attendees, this intimate holiday soiree will be a celebration of friends, dolls, beloved holiday traditions, classic movies and beautiful fashions -- all rolled into a fun filled weekend that will surely bring out the child in us all!
The Souvenir Package...
Our "Every Day's A Holiday" souvenir package will be a collection of elegant holiday fashions mixed with a twist of fun! Created to fit your favorite 16" fashion doll these designs will be produced especially for this not to be missed Sandra Stillwell Presents event!
Also Included in your registration fee will be a docent guided tour of the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City to view fabulous examples of dolls, dollhouses, miniature room sets, teddy bears, and toys of yesteryear. Housed in a 38 room historic mansion, this delightful museum is truly a child's Christmas dream come true!
Of course, no holiday would be complete without Kansas City's own Hallmark Cards, so we're also planning a tour at the Hallmark Visitor's Center, where we'll learn the rich history of this century old company.
And, if all the exciting things mentioned above weren't enough... there's still more packed into your "Every Day's A Holiday" registration -- a fun movie break, desert reception and 3 meals, including a gala Saturday night banquet! We will also have illustrious guest speakers, interesting programs and displays, raffles, room shopping, and maybe even a few holiday surprises!!
Registration and other fees...
As an added bonus for each convention guest who books within the Sandra Stillwell Presents group block, the hotel has once again agreed to include a complimentary breakfast for every night's stay. These breakfasts on our event days -- including our Sunday farewell breakfast -- will be group meal functions in our ballroom, with table gifts and centerpieces. There will be an additional $35 fee per breakfast for registrants not staying at the hotel to attend these meals and receive any related souvenirs.
If booked within our hotel room block and paid in full by cash, check/money order by July 5, the registration fee is $415. After July 5, the fee is $440. Payments can be made, but are non refundable.
A $15 charge will be added to payments other than cash or check/ money order.
A $15 charge will be added to payments other than cash or check/ money order.
A $50 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations prior to August 9th. After that date, no cancellations are allowed.
Companion registrations will be available if purchased with a full registration. Please email for details.
Checks or Money Orders for registration should be made payable to Sandra Stillwell, and mailed to:
Every Day's A Holidayc/o Sandra Stillwell
8305 Blue Lick Rd
Louisville, KY 40219
Please contact me if you need to make special arrangements.
At this time, there are no absentee registrations, however, we will have a wait list for those interested. If absentee registrations become available, they will be offered to those on the list before being made available to the general public.
What could be a more perfect place to set the scene for our holiday celebrations than "Holiday Inn"? Yes -- that's right -- we'll be spending our "Sandra Stillwell Presents" holidays at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza!!
Tucked inside the legendary neighborhood known for it's beautiful fountains, Spanish architecture, upscale shopping and great restaurants and nightlife, the Plaza Holiday Inn is only a few steps away from Kansas City's renowned Country Club Plaza -- which made history as the first ever outdoor shopping center!
We've secured the very special group rate of only $119 per night, which includes breakfast in the hotel restaurant on days that we do not have a convention breakfast function.
In order for you to experience everything Kansas City has to offer, this special rate has been extended 5 days before and 5 days after convention, based on availability. If you need to book outside these dates, please contact me directly.
The Plaza Holiday Inn offers complimentary Wi-fi, garage parking (on availability) and neighborhood shuttle that will take guests shopping to both Country Club Plaza and Hallmark's Crown Center. For those who would like to visit restaurants, museums, and convenience stores within a 3 mile radius of the hotel. (Shuttle runs on a first request basis)
Hotel reservations may be made by calling 1-866-280-6326 and asking for the "Sandra Stillwell Presents" group rate. Please note that the cutoff date for guest bookings is 8/8/13, or until the block is sold out -- which ever comes first
Please remember that itis VERY important to book within our group block.
Our room block is extremely limited, so I highly recommend that hotel reservations be made as soon as you can. I will be monitoring the group bookings closely to make timely revisions while possible.
If you plan to join us for Every Day's A Holiday and are not yet ready to make hotel reservations, it would help greatly to know what days you are planning to book.
I strongly encourage all attendees to stay at the Convention hotel for a complete "convention experience". Besides all the fun and camaraderie those who don't stay at the hotel will miss out on, our room and food rates are based on meeting a guaranteed minimum, and it is crucial I have your cooperation to meet that guarantee.
Also, with our many planned activities, you'll find being on site much more convenient!
Optional Offsite Tours:
Known as the "City of Fountains", Kansas City boasts more fountains than any other city outside of Rome. Our Thursday tour will feature a driving tour of some of these lovely fountains, as well as other Kansas City landmarks.
Second only to New York City in garment manufacturing during the 1960's, Kansas City earned the nickname, "Paris of the Plains". Our Thursday offsite tour will also include a visit to the Kansas City Garment District Museum, where curator and designer Ann Brownfield will treat us to a behind the scenes tour of their "Kansas City produced" archives. We will learn about Kansas City's garment manufacturing legacy and see fashions that were manufactured there -- including TWA airline hostess uniforms.http://www.kcgarmentmuseum.org/
Owned at one time by Howard Hughes and frequented by celebrities, TWA -- Kansas City's hometown airline -- was well known as the "Airline To The Stars". I'm excited to say that still another part of our Thursday offsite tour will take us to the TWA Museum, which was founded and is operated by former TWA employees. Housed in the original 1931 building that was built to house the TWA corporate headquarters and maintenance facility, the TWA Museum collection features both pilot and stewardess uniforms, plus many other artifacts which tell the history of the airline pioneer. Director Pam Blaschum --a longtime TWA stewardess -- will be our hostess as we travel back through the glory years of airline travel and learn all about the legacy of this important aviation giant.
The cost of the Thursday tour -- only $119 (dependant on our filling up the chartered bus) -- will include an exclusive souvenir fashion that relates back to Kansas City's heritage. More details forthcoming soon.
The Sunday tour is not finalized yet, but if there is enough interest, we will plan do one! Our Sunday tours have traditionally been for a smaller group -- a great chance to relax and enjoy each other's company after convention, while having a fun time seeing sites we may not have been able to see otherwise. Kansas City, known as both the jazz capital and the BBQ capital of the world, offers many other interesting and fun activities that I'm currently looking into -- and, as always, I welcome suggestions of what YOU would like to see and do!
Please watch for news about this Sunday tour and any additions/changes to our other tours in the next few weeks...
A little known fact about conventions is that registration fees never fully cover expenses! Last year's raffle was a big success -- a huge help to convention and great fun for participants, too! So, once again, we'll be having a raffle to help offset extra costs. Dolls, fashions, repaints, accessories, gift certificates... donations of all types and sizes are welcome and greatly appreciated!! If you would like to contribute to the raffle, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport Code and Transportation...
The airport code for Kansas City International Airport is MCI.
Super Shuttle is offering a special group rate of $19 each way, or $32 round trip.
Super Shuttle can also accommodate private transportation for 3 people traveling together for $39 one way, or $64 for 10 people. Reservations can be placed online or by calling 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826) and providing the code CVVWS. Please make reservations 24 hrs in advance.
An alternative to Super Shuttle is 5 Guys Shuttle (913 7485423), who offers a private van for 1-4 people for $40. Depending on the amount of luggage, this van may be able to accommodate 6.
It is extremely important that you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for "Every Day's A Holiday" and if you plan to extend your stay either before or after convention.
Your feedback is crucial to know how many people to count on when planning souvenirs, meal functions, and offsite functions.
A small deposit of only $50 will hold your spot for this not to be missed "Sandra Stillwell Presents" event! Last year's "Radio Days" convention sold out in record time and we expect this year to follow suit, so please don't wait too long to register!
Holidays have always been a magical time for me -- a time for little indulgences and big dreams. I truly believe that "Every Day's A Holiday" and any day spent with friends and dollies is cause for celebration.
I've been dreaming of doing this "holiday" convention for a long time, and now that the time is drawing near...like a kid waiting for Christmas...I'm getting more and more excited about spending my "holidays" with you!
So...mark your calendars, pack your bags, and start making plans to experience the holidays in "Sandra Stillwell" style!
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to friends who might be interested in joining us...and feel free to contact me with any questions! 502-377-5153
I hope to see you all in August!